Our Tax services to utilities companies in Canada

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Tax laws change on a regular basis, and it can be challenging for busy utilities companies to stay on top of updates that may affect their businesses.

PwC's Tax professionals provide tailored advice to help you navigate complex tax laws and maintain your competitive advantage. We constantly monitor and assess changes so that we can keep you apprised of local, Canadian, foreign and international tax regulations as they pertain to your company's operations.

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Global tax services and international tax structuring

For companies looking to expand outside of Canada, our global Tax team can help you understand local tax regimes and develop tax strategies such as royalties, excise taxes and value-added taxes.

By constantly monitoring and anticipating changes that can affect your tax situation and financial statements, we have helped clients construct effective cross-border strategies and manage global structural tax rates.

Indirect taxes

Indirect taxes, including GST, VAT, severance, property, employment, excise, motor fuels, sales and use taxes and customs duties, are uniquely imposed by jurisdictions and can be a significant burden for utility companies. We have helped businesses assess and determine how to structure their activities to minimize taxes and comply with filing requirements. At times, we have even helped clients minimize their overall tax paid through proper planning.

Tax merger and acquisition services

Early tax planning for M&A is essential to reducing actual transaction tax costs and the long-term sustainable tax rate following the transaction. We can provide expert deal structuring and financing advice at all points throughout the deal cycle by providing quantitative analysis, rigorous implementation and structure techniques, providing due diligence, and ensuring tax-efficient deal structuring and post-deal integration.

Transfer pricing

At PwC, our team consists of dedicated transfer pricing specialists with advanced training in economics, accounting, law and project management, which enables us to provide innovative approaches for your multi-national corporation. We help companies understand their transfer pricing arrangements, determine required documentation, and identify and address risks.

Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits

Under the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credit program, Canada offers some of the most lucrative tax credits in the world. For certain Canadian-controlled private corporations, the credit is refundable even if tax isn't owed.

At PwC, we can help optimize your SR&ED claim while minimizing administrative burden. Whether you want advice or a turnkey solution, we can help you to:

  • Review/revise your business processes to optimize the identification and tracking of eligible projects and costs
  • Prepare technical reports and identify eligible SR&ED costs by project
  • Assist in the claim defense during a CRA audit
  • Train your finance and engineering departments on the criteria and requirements of the SR&ED program
  • Provide advice on where to establish your R&D centres

Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution (TCDR)

Our global tax controversy and dispute resolution network is aimed at assisting our clients to proactively prevent, efficiently manage and favourably resolve tax audits and disputes using our:

  • Deep technical subject matter expertise combined with tax litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience
  • Local knowledge of processes and procedures and strong relationships with government officials
  • Global reach perspective

Our TCDR team includes former federal and provincial finance officials and former officials from the CRA.